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New Lay Ministers for 2013

by Michael Ford last modified 30 Sep, 2013 03:22 PM

Fourteen new lay ministers were licensed and welcomed at Salisbury Cathedral on Saturday (28 September).

New Lay Ministers for 2013

The new LLMs with the three bishops

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The service was led by the Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, assisted by the Bishops of Ramsbury and Sherborne. So many well-wishers attended that the stock of printed orders of service proved insufficient and had to be shared.

Eight new lay ministers were admitted and licensed, including Yvonne Allen (Wylye and Till Valley Team), Michael Barratt (Clarendon Team), Jo Johnson (Shaftesbury), Susan Le Riche (Okeford), Elfrieda Mills (Wimborne Minster), John Pattison (St Luke’s Parkstone), Christopher Rees (Atworth with Shaw and Whitley) and Judy Waite (Spire Hill Benefice).

Five lay ministers were transferred and licensed, having moved into the Diocese during the year. These included: Joseph Field (Red Post), Caroline McKeown (Devizes St John), Carol Neilson (The Chase Benefice), Rachel Pound (North Bradford on Avon and Villages) and Penny Wallis (Pimperne, Stourpaine, Durweston and Bryanston).

Philippa Smart (Salisbury St Mark and Laverstock St Andrew) was welcomed as a lay minister who was already licensed.

Christine Lim and Vivienne Robertson have also been licensed recently to the parish of Hamworthy, but were not able to be present at the Cathedral.

In addition to the fourteen new arrivals, five lay ministers were given Bishop’s Permission to Officiate from October 2013. These luminaries included Alan Motson (Colehill), Angela Castleton (Canford Magna), Chrysogon Bamber (Avon River Team), Michael Nurton (Sherborne) and Jo Johnson (Shaftesbury).

Lay Ministers are licensed to work alongside ordained colleagues in the parishes where they serve. In some cases their ministry is rooted in the community or in the workplace rather than in the life of the local church. Click here for more about lay ministry.

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